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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet -  Arthur Conan Doyle This is the first of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Dr. Watson meets Holmes, they take up residence at 221 B Baker Street, and embark on their first adventure. Much of the Holmes canon consists of short stories, but it begins with two novelettes, this being the first one. I had originally begun with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but discovered that it was a series of short stories, and also that I was jumping into the middle of things. So I re-calibrated and backed up to novelette number one.

It's an interesting enough story. Some folks complain of the anti-Mormon diatribe half-way through, but it does fit in with the overall story line. Besides, a religion invented by a 19th century con man so that he could justify raping under-age girls, is a bit sketchy imho.